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Delhi Stopover + Taj Mahal in Agra + Shimla, Manali & Dharamsala (13 nts).


When to Go: The best time to complete this trip is from March - June and from September - November although it is possible to visit the destinations in any month during the year. From late June - early September the monsoons are there which could obscure the views.


Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Delhi: India Gate, Houses of Parliament, Humayun's tomb, Red Fort, Jama Masjid and many more sights.
Agra: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Fatehpur sikri.
Shimla: Himachal State Museum & Library, Christ Church, Kakhu temple.
Manali: Hadimba temple, Gadhan Thekcholing Gompa, Old Manali town, various soft adventure activities.
Dharamsala: Amazing city set in the Kangra Valley with sights such as: Norbhulingka Institute, Triund Hill, Dalai Lama temple complex, HPCA stadium (brilliant setting for watching IPL matches that usually take place in May), Kangra Valley, Gyuto Monastery.

Detailed itinerary is given below:


Day Skeleton Itinerary
01 DELHI. Arrival transfer from airport to hotel in Delhi for 3 night's stay.
02 DELHI - AGRA - DELHI. Transfer from hotel to New Delhi station. Board Shatabdi express train from Delhi - Agra (Times: 0600 - 0750.).Pick up from station and drive to Fatehpur Sikri. Then drive back to Agra to visit Itamadh-Udh-Dhaula, Agra Fort and finally the Taj Mahal. Aim to reach the Taj around 1600 hrs so that it can be viewed in normal light and also in the dusk light of the setting sun. Then drive back to Agra Cantonment station to board the Shatabdi express train to Delhi (Times: 2125 - 2350.). Transfer from New Delhi station to hotel.
03 DELHI. Full day sightseeing of Old & New Delhi.
04 DELHI - SHIMLA. Transfer from hotel to New Delhi station. Board Shatabdi express train from Delhi - Kalka (times: 0740 - 1145). Then board the Himlayan Queen toy train from Kalka - Shimla (times: 1210 - 1720.). This train goes through beautiful valleys and covers over a 100 tunnels. Transfer from railway station to hotel/homestay for 3 night's stay.
05 SHIMLA. Car & driver available for covering the sights in Shimla.
06 SHIMLA. Car & driver available for covering a day trip to Chail.
07 SHIMA - MANALI. Transfer from hotel/homestay in Shimla to Manali through the beautiful countryside. Transfer to hotel/homestay.
08 MANALI. Car & driver available for covering the sights in Shimla.
09 MANALI. Car & driver available for covering a day trip to Kulu and Nagar.
10 MANALI - DHARAMSALA. Transfer from hotel/homestay to Dharamsala with a short halt en-route. Transfer to hotel.
11 DHARAMSALA. Car & driver available for covering the sights in Shimla.
12 DHARAMSALA. Car & driver available for covering a day trip to Dalhousie.
13 DHARAMSALA - PATHANKOT. Day free in Dharamsala. Transfer from hotel in Dharamsala to Pathankot railway station.Board overnight Rajdhani express train from Pathankot - Delhi: 2309 - 0555*..
14 Arrive in Delhi at 0555 hrs. Check out. Trip concludes.

KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.



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